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A tent or a castle? June 10, 3rd week after Pentecost 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1

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2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1

I am about to go on a camping trip. Most of my friends will be surprised by this as camping is not really my thing, I like flushing toilets and hot showers.! Our reading this week talks about our life as a temporary tent and that it will be destroyed but we are making a house in the heavens. For me I hope it is a castle with all the mod cons!

The thing with tents is they are great in mild weather but when things get really rough, cold, wet or windy or even hot, they don’t serve so well. It is easy in these moments of camping to be discouraged want to packup and go home but it also when you survive these moments you often have the best memories that stay with us a long time.  It becomes one of our treasures, a building block for a divine castle. It is good to be reminded of this as I head out on the journey. It will not all be easy, or smooth travelling all the time. There will be times when my heart will be in my throat and I will just want to pack up and go home, but these too will pass and provide us with more bricks in the divine castle of life.. What was the last brick you remember making?

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up thinking that this world is all that matters, this body, this time and place. My creaking bones and too many doctor visits are a regular reminder this tent isn’t going to hold up forever. I think for me it is making those moments that little more prescious. It also makes me really value the opportunities to see God’s kingdom come here on earth, to be part of the movement of the Spirit of change. Seeing the captives being set free, the hungry fed, the stranger welcomed..

How’s your tent holding up? What about you castle in heaven? It doesn’t take much a random act of kindness, a smile to the stranger, a recognition of the person who is sufferring, an encouragement of a saint, you know the ones, the grotty one who doesn’t even know they have a halo!

Hang in there tent dwellers, this life can be tough and you can get a bit weary but we are buiding something so much better!



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What is the Sabbath for? June 3 Second week of Pentecost Mark 2:23 – 3:6


Mark 2:23 – 3:6

Is it lawful to do harm or good on the Sabbath? Our story begins with Jesus in the field plucking wheat, this was seen by the law as working which was not permitted. No form of work was permitted, it was a sacred day for God. No cooking, no cleaning, no travelling.

This reading is the reason we do not celebrate the Sabbath in the same way any more but in doing so have we lost sight of what it was all about. In a 24/7 culture where we never switch off, where it is normal to work long hours and hard, to make sure our kids are getting all they need, tutoring, music, swimming. The idea of being, keeping relationships as a priority, and making space to relax and appreciate God or even just life, is lost.

The leaders of the time had lost their way, the law was more important than the purpose. Jesus turns this around and transformed lives. I wonder whether we have lost what is important about the Sabbath. Have we filled our days in this new found freedom and become slaves in a new way? Does our Sabbath do harm or good?

What does your Sabbath look like? How do you make space for God and for relationships? What things need to wait until tomorrow?